Retired Russian colonel admits Putin’s army must ‘compensate for losses’ suffered in Ukraine

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A video has emerged purportedly showing retired Russian Colonel Mikhail Khodaryonok admitting on state television that his country needs to ‘replenish the losses in terms of personnel, weapons and equipment’ it suffered during the war in Ukraine.

Khodaryonok reportedly made the comments on Friday while questioning whether mobilizing more troops would help Russia in the war, which has now lasted 75 days.

The clip begins with Khodaryonok saying “imagine the drumbeat, the sound of the marching band, and the mobilization is declared.

A damaged Russian tank is seen on a highway leading to kyiv, Ukraine on Monday.
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A damaged Russian tank is seen on a highway leading to kyiv, Ukraine on Monday.
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“How soon, under this mobilization, will we have the first fighter aviation regiment? We will get it by the New Year,” he said.

“If tonight we order the construction of new ships, how soon will we have the first? In two years,” he continued.

“That’s the problem with mobilization,” Khodaryonok explained. “If we set ourselves the goal of forming a new tank division, when will it be ready? I would say in at least 90 days.

Part of a destroyed tank and a burnt-out vehicle lie in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Saturday, April 23.

Part of a destroyed tank and a burnt-out vehicle lie in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, Ukraine, Saturday, April 23.
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“And it wouldn’t be equipped with modern weapons because we don’t have modern weapons and equipment in our reserves,” he added.

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Khodaryonok, speaking to a panel, also said that “sending people armed with the weapons of yesteryear into a 21st century war to fight NATO’s world standard weapons would not be the right thing to do. .

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia, Monday May 9.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia, Monday May 9.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

“Of course, we have to replenish the losses in terms of personnel, weapons and equipment, but this should be done by industrial companies manufacturing modern and advanced equipment,” he said in the video. “Mobilization would not solve these problems.”

Fox News’ Amy Kellogg, Tariq Khan and Rebekah Koffler contributed to this report.

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